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Read about Grandstand Motor Sports customer and F1 fan Helen Singleton's experience of the Winter F1 Testing - a weekend of racing, hospitality and winter sunshine at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona.

F1 Winter Test - Barcelona

Our experience at the Winter F1 testing at Barcelona was great from start to finish! Even the planning of the event beforehand was great – Debbie was so helpful! We had all the information we could possibly need, including a detailed itinerary.

We flew into Barcelona on the Friday evening as we needed a later arrival due to work commitments. We had a private car collect us from the airport, & they were ready & waiting for us when we arrived. We checked in at the hotel, & enjoyed a lovely glass of champagne as a welcome drink! Debbie & Vicki were in the reception area, & were as friendly as always & really welcoming!

The hotel was lovely. Really clean & great facilities. The location was perfect – really handy for sightseeing & restaurants! The other people attending the event were really friendly – it was nice to get to know everyone, & of course we all shared that common interest of a love for F1!


The following morning we enjoyed a superb breakfast at the hotel, & then we all met in the reception area prior to joining the coach for the transfer to the circuit. Again Debbie & Vicki were with us & gave us all the information we required. After a short journey we arrived at the circuit & were taken to our hospitality suite. It was great – luxurious facilities, really helpful staff & an amazing view from right above the pit lane & start / finish straight! We each had a pass so that we could come & go from the suite whenever we wanted. The suite also backed onto the paddock club, so there was lots of activity & things to be watching! We saw Sebastian Vettel, Felipe Massa & Jenson Button right outside our hospitality suite! The atmosphere was great!

We all had the opportunity to do a bus tour of the track & also access the paddock club. We were given various times throughout the day when we could do these things, & we all booked a chosen time for each experience. Throughout the day we also enjoyed break, lunch, snacks, complimentary drinks & champagne!


The bus tour was really good! We followed the edge of the circuit by travelling on the service lane. It was really interesting to see all the different parts of the circuit, & the drivers were all racing past us – it really felt like being part of the action! The guide was really informative.

The Paddock Club access was brilliant! You never know you can bump into in the Paddock Club! We met several members of various teams, & managed to spot some more drivers too!

We left the circuit at approx. 5pm, having been there all day. It was the perfect amount of time – just right for seeing everything! Everyone was happy & had thoroughly enjoyed themselves! A lot of us gathered back in the hotel bar & enjoyed the rest of the evening together. 

Fernando Alonso

We flew home the following morning (again we had a private car to take us to the airport), but several other people stayed in Barcelona until the Sunday evening so they could do some sightseeing.

Grandstand Motorsports are really flexible with the itinerary of their packages, & they will customise everything so it is exactly to your liking!

It was a fantastic weekend – we couldn’t fault any part of it! If you get the opportunity to attend such an event with Grandstand Motorsports we strongly recommend it – you won’t be disappointed! We can’t wait for our next event with them!

Helen & Mark Singleton

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